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Luxury Brand Designers

Jae S. Min

Chief of Design, Audi Design Center California Internet, shminternet, says Jae S. Min of Audi Design Center California in Santa Monica.  Contrary to prevailing opinion, he says, some things just can’t be learned online. One of those things…

Henrik Fisker

CEO, Fisker Automotive  The chief executive of Fisker Automotive believes in true love—that is, the love of a car owner for a gorgeous vehicle. And Henrik Fisker wants the stodgy automobile industry to take notice of this romance between…

Bob Taylor

Breaking The Rules To Make Better Guitars And Help The Environment It was just another ordinary day of work at a Southern California gas station for high-school kid Bob Taylor when his friend pulled up in a bronze Chevy van. As the van…

Yamaha and Andy Moses

Musical Instrument Innovators Great design and fine artwork came to town in the guise of a sexy, lacquered Yamaha slimline player piano one balmy May night. The instrument was auctioned off at the 2008 Culinary Evening with the…

EMBRAER MID-SIZE JET

INTERIOR BY BMW GROUP DESIGNWORKSUSATHE CONCEPT: When Sao Paulo-based aircraft manufacturer Embraer came to BMW Group DesignworksUSA, it charged Creative Director Magnus Aspegren and his team with the task of reinventing the executive…

Putting the “Show” in Showroom

Car dealerships are often drab and unexciting places—but they don’t have to be. Mike Sullivan’s Lexus Santa Monica provides a perfect case in point. Oversized arches, dark wood beams and earth-tone painted walls provide the architectural…

CS CONCEPT CAR

INTERIOR BY BMW GROUP DESIGNWORKSUSATHE CONCEPT: Since it was first unveiled at the 2007 Shanghai Car Show, BMW’s CS Concept— yet to be available for sale to the public—has had auto enthusiasts’ mouths watering.A clean-lined,…